During my entire shooting career I've not believed I could hold steady enough to work on a shot that was simply held in the middle. As a result of this mindset I have tried various workarounds to avoid this issue. Some have been successful but all have been short lived. The problem with this path is that I never truly had a good understanding of my shot process (read: Mental Representation). The thread; "Are skills developed or are they natural" http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=4660489 started me on a new path... The path to hold in the middle. It was pointed out that the first step in this process (I believe by cbrunson) is to accept that it can be done. At some point I did discover that I "could" hold in the middle, if only a small percentage.
After making this discovery I went into a terrible slump, couldn't hit a 30 on a Vegas face if my life depended on it, let alone a clean 300 which is my goal. Last Sunday I started shooting practice rounds at 15 yards. My focus is on holding but I am scoring each round. I started out with a 297 on Sunday but since shot a couple of 295's. I then broke the game down by half making it a 150 game. I'm still dropping an average of two per round but these are generally due to poor execution as my ability to hold in the middle is improving. Even though this drill was only started this past Sunday I'm actually seeing some positive impact at 20 yards as well. I shot a season high in my league last night.
The hump that I'll need to overcome is wanting to focus on the spot rather than the dot. I start out well but as the game progresses I want to change my focus point. This causes a tendency to want to move the dot out of the way because it's blocking my view. I assume the answer is to let down when this happens but I am open to suggestions.